A new era for Auckland’s passenger rail services


Auckland One Rail (AOR) has begun its exciting partnership with Auckland Transport (AT) as a new passenger rail operator.

The transfer process, which took place yesterday, went smoothly. The contract, valued at around $130 million per year and $1.2 billion over an eight-year period, was the result of an international tender for the city’s rail services.

While customers will not notice significant changes in their daily commute, the new contract will allow for better integration across all aspects of operations, including the $7 billion rail investment for the City Rail Link, the electrification of the railway line between Papakura and Pukekohe, and the purchase of additional electric trains over the next few years.

As a result, the new contract will give AOR responsibility not only for train operation, but also for electric train maintenance, station operation and maintenance, safety and security.

AT chief executive Shane Ellison said the deal with AOR is much more comprehensive than previous passenger rail contracts, which were split between multiple organizations.

“With an organization now responsible for the day-to-day operation of our passenger rail network, we will see greater accountability and responsiveness on the issues that matter most to passengers,” he says.

“It is also exciting that Auckland One Rail is opening a new train maintenance facility for train overhauls in South Auckland, with a strong focus on supporting local Maori and Pasifika communities in trades and learning engineering.”

The contract award is part of AT’s ongoing aim to continue the rapid growth of Aucklanders using the region’s rail services, which have grown from just over two million passenger boardings per year in 2000 to over 22 million by 2020, a tenfold increase. .

“This new rail franchise agreement represents a significant investment for Auckland and the people of Auckland,” said Mr Ellison.

“Despite the effects of the global pandemic on the international rail sector, the robust procurement process enabled AT to secure a competitive contract.”

AT also acknowledges the work of Transdev Auckland Ltd which has been the operator of rail services in Auckland since 2004. Over this period ridership has increased significantly and as operator it has played a key role in establishing rail as an important means of traveling around the Region. AT looks forward to continuing its relationship with Transdev, which is also the operator of Howick and Eastern Buses.

Editor’s Notes

AOR is a joint venture comprising ComfortDelGro Transit Pte Ltd (CDGT) and UGL Rail Pty Ltd (UGL Rail) in a 50/50 equity relationship.

CDGT’s parent company, CDG, is one of the world’s largest multimodal passenger transportation providers, with a footprint in seven countries, more than 24,000 employees and annual revenue in 2020 of $3.4 billion. New Zealand dollars. CDG, through its subsidiary SBS Transit, is the operator and maintainer of two mass rapid transit lines in Singapore and a light rail system.

UGL Rail’s parent company, UGL, is Australia’s largest provider of outsourced rail asset management and rolling stock maintenance services, with a fleet of over 2,000 rail vehicles under its rail maintenance contracts. Australian rolling stock. UGL, a member of the CIMIC group, is also a consortium partner in Metro Trains Melbourne, Metro Trains Sydney, Canberra Light Rail and the operator of the Adelaide Light Rail system.

The unsuccessful bidder was Aka Tangata Ltd (ATL); a consortium consisting of Transdev NZ Ltd, John Holland NZ Ltd and CAF NZ Ltd.

Auckland’s existing passenger rail contract has been in place since 2004 and, after several extensions, expires in March.

The transaction has been structured so that the incoming operator will take over Transdev Auckland’s existing operating company and all of its staff, ensuring that Transdev Auckland’s staff remain on their existing terms of employment.

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